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April’s Fringe is Flashy – Tonight!

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

April’s Fringe Reading is a celebration of Flash fiction, stories so short your mum would never have let you go out wearing one. So come along to the Shakespeare Tavern tonight to hear a whole slew of tales from some of our favourite writers, including Kevlin Henney, Justin Newland, Jonathan L. Howard and our own Cheryl Morgan.

Details are on the Facebook event page here.

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March Fringe Readings Available for Your Listening Delight

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Cheryl has made the readings from the last Fringe evening available on her blog here. I’ve copied the links below so you can go straight to the podcasts if you wish, although Cheryl as usual provides illuminating commentary. It was a great evening, and lovely to finally have Scott reading for us.

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Airship Folk

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Last Saturday’s long-awaited Airship Ball at the Bristol Folk House finally happened, and it seems it was something of a success. There are blog reports online from Cheryl Morgan, co-hosts Joanne Hall and Roz Clarke, and contributors Pete Sutton and John Hawkes-Reed. Check them out; they’ve got photos!

If you want to read the transcript of John Hawkes-Reed’s excellent history of hacking of the steam-powered war elephant, here it is. Don’t try this at home, kids…

Tiny hats were quite the thing.


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Karen Joy Fowler at @Foyles

March 18th, 2014 · Comments Off

We have a Nebula nominee in town tomorrow. Karen Joy Fowler, whose latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is on the short list for this year’s Nebula Awards, will be at Foyles in Cabot Circus tomorrow night (Wednesday) from 6:30. Details are available here. In addition to the Nebula, the book has also been shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner award, which is a US mainstream similar to the Booker Prize.

Cheryl was hoping to interview Karen on Ujima Radio tomorrow, but as they are not back on air yet she has podcast the interview. You can find that, and her review of the novel, here.

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Fringe Reading Podcasts

March 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

Our wonderful Fringe Reading host Cheryl Morgan has made the January and February podcasts available on her website. Actually, they’ve been up for some time, and your BristolCon webmeister (i.e. me) has been remiss in posting them here.

I will try to make the podcasts available directly from here at some point, but in the meantime here are the links to Cheryl’s site:

January: Désirée Fischer and Lou Morgan

February: Ken Shinn, Jonathan Pinnock and Snorri Kristjansson

They’re all super readings and well worth a listen.

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17th March Fringe Reading – Rosie Oliver, Scott Lewis & Roz Clarke

March 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

Bristol SFF luvvers, don’t forget that our regular monthly Fringe reading comes around again this Monday, March 17th.

With Scott Lewis sadly having had to cancel his appearance at his scheduled reading, we have three lovely authors for you this month.

Roz is of course one of the BristolCon team, is the co-editor of the anthologies Colinthology and Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion, and has published a smattering of short stories. You can read a couple of her stories on her blog at

Scott does important things for the Navy (hence his not-always-availability), but in his writing life he’s proving to be a reliable talent, with steampunk-flavoured stories appearing in Colinthology, The Kraken Rises anthology, and Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion

Rosie Oliver also has a story in The Kraken Rises, amongst many other stories published in many other venues, notably the C.A.T. series (pictured). Rosie’s a mathematician and a systems engineer, and a graduate of Creative Writing at Bath University. C.A.T. has just celebrated his 3rd publication-birthday – grats, C.A.T!

As ever, the readings take place in the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince St., and will commence at 7:30 with beer available throughout and food until 9pm. Cheryl Morgan will be your host, and the readings will be recorded for later podcasting.

We’ll be selling copies of Airship Shape for those who missed the launch at Forbidden Planet, and tickets for the Airship Ball. This could be your best chance to get a ticket without paying a booking fee, so bring your pennies (or your old-fashioned cheque book – it’s a steampunk anthology after all.)

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Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion Launches (twice!)

March 7th, 2014 · Comments Off


Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion, the steampunk anthology edited by BristolCon’s own Joanne Hall and Roz Clarke, and supported by the BristolCon Foundation, hit the market at the end of February. The book is now available to buy as an e-book direct from Wizard’s Tower Press. Print copies can be obtained from Tangent books, Amazon and the Book Depository.

Andy Fairchild at CultDen reviewed it, saying:

“If you like Steampunk, you’ll love this. If you’ve never read Steampunk, you should give the book a go anyway, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.”

Locals can also buy copies direct from us. We’ll be selling them at the Fringe reading in March and at the two Airship Launch events.

The formal launch takes place at Forbidden Planet tomorrow (March 8th) from 1-2 pm and will feature signings and readings from contributors. Then there’s a party – the Airship Ball at the Folk House Cafe on March 29th at 7:30 pm. The Ball will feature dramatic readings, a presentation from John Hawkes-Reed on hacking the Jacquard-7, a Victorian picnic with wonderful fresh treats, a cosplay contest and music from Cauda Pavonis. Tickets are available from Eventbrite, or (avoiding their fees) direct from Jo and Roz. Picnic tickets must be bought in advance, but a cheaper ‘latecomer’ ticket will be sold on the door, subject to availability. Contact them (@hierath77 and @zora_db) or comment here or on the Facebook event for more details.


There’s a discount on tickets for the Ball with a purchase of a print copy of the anthology.

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BristolCon Welcomes – Gunnar Roxen

February 21st, 2014 · Comments Off

We are delighted to announce that Gunnar Roxen will be joining us again this year. Author of “The Wyld Hunt” and the soon to be released “The Firestorm Conspiracy”, he creates a superb mix of mystery in a futuristic setting with a little noir for added measure.
In addition to being the lead writer for “Mutant Chronicles”, he has 15 years experience writing for and running video games companies, and his former training as a forensic psychologist brings a ‘little twist’ to his work.
Find out more about Gunnar at his website: or follow him on Twitter @GunnarRoxen

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Jon Courtenay Grimwood at Bath Literature Festival 3rd March

February 18th, 2014 · Comments Off

Our GoH Jon Courtenay Grimwood will be appearing at the Bath Literature Festival in his more literary guise of ‘Jonathan Grimwood’. He’ll be discussing The Last Banquet with food writer John Walsh, at the Guildhall on 3rd March. You can find out more from canongate.

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Eugene Byrne’s BRUNEL out now!

February 14th, 2014 · Comments Off

BristolCon loves Eugene Byrne, and as Bristolians we’re obliged to also love the bewhiskered engineer with the fancy name who gifted us the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain. He was responsible, too, for the South Devon Railway, which you may have seen in the news this week, looking less than it’s usual glorious self.

Eugene has written a Pocket Giants guide to Brunel, and I quote:

How would you like to KNOW MORE about one of the greatest ENGINEERS in HISTORY, a man who had STYLE and SHOWMANSHIP in SPADES, who pioneered RAILWAYS and took time out to build the FIRST REAL MODERN SHIPS, a guy who could knock up a FLAT-PACK HOSPITAL with one hand while designing the WEIRD-LOOKING ROYAL ALBERT BRIDGE with the other?

Of COURSE you want to know! So steam on over to Eugene’s site to find out more.

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